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David C. Baue PhotoAbout David C. Baue NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships

The Baue Family established David C. Baue NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships in 2021 to honor their father’s legacy and commitment to the funeral service profession. David C. Baue was a progressive funeral director who inspired his children and the funeral service profession through his leadership. In 1983, Baue helped found the National Foundation of Funeral Service’s Women in Funeral Service Seminar – the predecessor program to today’s NFDA Professional Women’s Conference.

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Thanks to generous donor support, the Funeral Service Foundation has awarded scholarships to NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference since 1998. The conference offers women of funeral service an opportunity to learn, a chance to collaborate, and a structure for networking that elevates the profession and enriches careers. Past scholarship recipients tell us they leave the conference with greater passion for funeral service and renewed energy with which to serve their communities.


20 ALL-INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIPS are available to female and non-binary funeral professionals and students to attend the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference, April 29-May 1 in Miami Beach, FL. Applicants are not required to be NFDA members.

Scholarships cover registration and event fees, a two-night stay at the Confidante Hotel, and up to $500 in travel reimbursement.

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must be verifiably employed in funeral service or related occupations.

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must be in good standing and currently attending classes at an ABSFE- or Canadian-accredited institution or program.

Please Note: Students who are enrolled, but have not yet begun coursework at the time of application, are not eligible to apply.



Each candidate is required to answer five questions in no more than 250 words per question, and submit a brief video, no longer than two minutes.


Scholarship submissions to attend the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference will be accepted February 28-March 15. Winners will be announced at the end of March.


  • Past recipients of Funeral Service Foundation scholarships for any previous in-person NFDA Professional Women’s Conference are ineligible. (Those who received a 2020 Virtual NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarship may apply.)
  • Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, religious beliefs, age, national origin, or disability.
  • Scholarships are not renewable and a candidate may only receive this award once.
  • Recipients are required to attend all conference functions, and should plan travel accordingly.
  • If unable to attend designated scholarship events, the scholarship recipient will forfeit their scholarship for that year, but may apply in subsequent years.
  • All scholarships are subject to available funds.
  • All award decisions of the Funeral Service Foundation are final.
  • Alternates may be selected in the event that a scholarship recipient decides not to accept the award.
  • Only completed applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation reserves the right to eliminate from consideration incomplete applications without further notice to the applicant.


Caroline Alvarado
Surrey, BC

Nathalie Doiron
Moncton, NB

Jackolin Hopkins
Scarborough, ON

Christie Isaksen
Lethbridge, AB

Pamela Montgomery
Carstairs, AB

Beth Markland
Rising Sun, IN (Virtual)

Pictured Left-Right: Nathalie Doiron, Caroline Alverado, Lisa Baue, Jackolin Hopkins, and Christe Isaksen. Missing: Pamela Montgomery & Beth Markland


Michelle Acciavatti
Ending Well
Montpelier, VT

Laura Adamo
Bolock Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
Stroudsburg, PA

Kirsten Atherton
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Polkton, NC

Hannah Attebury
Fox Funeral Home
Green River, WY

Katie Baer
Mid-America College of Funeral Service
Crestwood, KY

Sandra Baker
Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
Catonsville, MD

Christine Banks
Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home
Pine Lake, GA

Tia Beatty
NewComer Funeral Home
Albany, NY

Hailey Beaty
Schrader Funeral Home
Cheyenne, WY

Joni Binkley Ross
Binkley-Ross Funeral Home
Marion, IL

Jordana Blodgett
Mercer County Community College
Toms River, NJ

Tonia Bodiford
KL Brown Funeral Homes
Anniston, AL

Allison Bowerman Johnson
Bowerman Funeral Home
Munising, MI

Madine Boyce
Oliverie Funeral Home
Manchester, NJ

Catherine Boyd
Fletcher Funeral Home
Keene, NH

Elizabeth Bradley
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Madeira Beach, FL

Barnetta Brawner
Tri State Funeral Services
Silver Spring, MD

Alison Brettnacher
Baue Funeral Home
O’Fallon, MO

Andrea Brookins
Brookins Funeral Home, LTD
Chicago, IL

Adria Brooks
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Eldersburg, MD

Laverne Brown
Solace Funeral Planning Services
San Diego, CA

Jennifer Bryant-Dixon
Cremation Society of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Christine Bushby
Brookside Funeral Home
Prattville, AL

Savannah Calhoun
Northest Texas Community College
Texarkana, AR

Mandi Carroll
Tetrick Funeral Services
Johnson City, TN

Ashley Cavallaro
American Academy Mcallister institute of funeral service
Northport, NY

Jacqueline Charwood
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Jacksonville, NC

Tamyra Clark
Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel
Kansas City, KS

Stacey Cole-Winsor
Parker and Elizabeth Funeral Home
Castle Rock, CO

Autumn Cooper
The Dodge Company
Harrisville, RI

Jacqueline Dalzell
David C. Brown Funeral Home
Romulus, MI

Jeri Lynn Davenport
Smith-Benton Funeral Home
Benton, AR

Tricia Davis
Baue Funeral Home
Saint Peters, MO

Anne Roberts Dobmeier
John E. Roberts Funeral Home
Amherst, NY

Ebone Dukes
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Senatobia, MS

Denise Duran
Plano, IL

Sydney Ekstrom
Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home
Oshkosh, WI

Joanna Ellsberry
Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home
Upper Marlboro, MD

Mandy Engel Butler
Smith Little Rock Funeral Home
Little Rock, AR

Hayley Erdahl
Worlein Funeral Home
Austin, MN

Ann Erdmann
Zaharia Family Funeral Home
Truman, MN

Darlyne Erickson
Minnesota Funeral Directors Association
Minnetonka, MN

Karla Flagg-Wright
Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel
Palatka, FL

Amanda Flenard
Zale Funeral Home
Bellmawr, NJ

Mary Ann Fournier
American Academy McAllister Institute
Rumford, ME

Madison Fox
Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory
Metamora, IL

Lola Garcia
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home
New Orleans, LA

Dorothy Gauvin
AT Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services
Raymond, ME

Nuria Gayer
Bolock Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
East Stroudsburg, PA

Stephanie Gilman
M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home
Queensbury, NY

Mary Glenn
English Funeral Chapel
Coeur d’Alene, ID

Keely Griffin
Kuzo Funeral Home, Inc.
West Chester, PA

Amanda Hall
Grimes Funeral Chapels
Bandera, TX

Mel Hamilton
Goldstien’s Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks Funeral Home
West Chester, PA

Jody Hanson
American Academy McAllister Institute
Watertown, NY

Autumn Harden
Nitardy Funeral Home
Fort Atkinson, WI

Rebecca Harris
Newell Hoerling’s Mortuary
Yelm, WA

Faith Haug
Donor Alliance
Denver, CO

Stacey Hertzmann
Forsythe Gould Funberal Home
Joliet, IL

Katey Houston
Weeks Dryer Mortuary
Puyallup, WA

Elisa Ingoldby, Boies
Ortega Funeral Home
Walsenburg, CO

Toni Jerzak
Ivanhoe, MN

Kimberly Johnson
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Charlotte, NC

Katie Johnson
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Jonesborough, TN

Melanie Jordan
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Farmville, NC

Rebecca Kirk
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Riverview, FL

Stacey Kleinman
Horan & McConaty Funeral Service
Edgewater, CO

Laurel Klosterman, CFSP, CCO, CPLP
Terrybear Urns & Memorials
Stillwater, MN

Maureen Krienen
Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home
New Castle, DE

Patricia Latimore
John T. Rhines Funeral Home
Landover, MD

Aimee Latour Fejt
Hixson Funeral Home
Fort Polk, LA

Ashley Leatherwood
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Cordova, TN

Amanda Lee
Pedersen Funeral Home
Morris, MN

Allyse Leitsch
Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home
Greensburg, IN

Madeson Leske
University of Minnesota
North St. Paul, MN

Kalley Lovegood
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Kirkland, WA

Nicole Lutz
Mueller Memorial
Minneapolis, MN

Mary Beth Mau
Bridgeport Memorial Chapel
Bayard, NE

Miranda Mejia
SUNY Canton
Brooklyn, NY

Stefany Melendez
American Academy McAllister Institute
New York, NY

Melissa Mellen
Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home
Schenectady, NY

Marinna Mendoza
Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center
Oakwood, IL

Amy Miller
Eastgate Funeral Service
Bismarck, ND

Allison Miller
Chambers and Grubbs
Covington, KY

Chelsey Mills
West Palm Beach, FL

Japhet Grace Moleta
Moleta Memorial Chapel and Services
Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Philippines

Courtney Molloy
Baue Funeral Home
Jerseyville, IL

Marie Monge
Higgerson & Neal Funeral Home
Redford, MI

Kalisto Nanen
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
SeaTac, WA

Hannah Alyss Noe Gaillard
Posey Funeral Directors
North Augusta, SC

April Oates
Cotner Funeral Home
Reynoldsburg, OH

Geri Oliverie
Oliverie Funeral Home
Manchester Township, NJ

Emily O’Malley
Gardner Funeral Home
Gibbstown, NJ

Desiree Paananen
Park Lawn Corporation
Cress Funeral and Cremation Service, Summit, WI

Stephanie Pardee
Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service
Waxhaw, NC

Karen Parrish
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Goldsboro, NC

Rachel Paulson
Coon Rapids, MN

Larissa Paulson
Sunrise Funeral Home
Duluth, MN

Melissa Perra
Tubman Funeral Home
Wolseley, SK, Canada

Stephanie Peterson
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
Belgrade, MT

Melissa Posey Loose
Posey Funeral Directors
North Augusta, SC

Skyler Prokulevich
Collège Boréal
Sudbury, ON, Canada

Emily Randall
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services
Ellerslie, GA

Emily Randolph
Carmon Funeral Home
Windsor Locks, CT

Sarah Rehberg
Heritage Funeral Home
Milwaukee, WI

Kelly Richmond
VanderLaan Funeral Home
Middleville, MI

Carissa Rill
Rill Chapel
Port Orchard, WA

Cheryl Roberts
H.H. Roberts Mortuary
Dayton, OH

Wanda Roberts
H.H. Roberts Mortuary
Dayton, OH

Shawna Rodabaugh
Fayetteville Technical Community College Funeral Service Education
Fayetteville, NC

Rhonda Rushing
Smith Benton Funeral Home
Alexander, AR

Erin Salie, Betz
Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Homes
Schenectady, NY

Kendra Schumacher
David-Donehower Funeral Home
Detroit Lakes, MN

Brennan See
Sunset Funeral Home
Champaign, IL

Breanna Serrano
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Redmond, WA

Alexandria Shadof
Heritage Funeral Homes
Milwaukee, WI

DaShon Sheffieeld
Flemming Funeral Home
Chesterfield, SC

Rachael Shindle
Humber College, Toronto
ON, Canada

Susan Short
Baue Funeral Homes
Saint Charles, MO

Tonya Simmons
Faye Technical Community College
Raeford, NC

Nichole Skillings-Aranda
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Kearny, AZ

Elysia Smith
International Funeral Service of New York
Brooklyn, NY

Chantel Smith
Peebles Funeral Home
Somerville, TN

Mandy Stafford
Mueller Memorial
White Bear Lake, MN

Sarah Stopyra
North Shore Community College- FNS Program
Leominster, MA

Courtney Sullivan
Memorial Funeral Homes, Inc.
Newport, RI

Kennedi Syphax
Joseph Gawler’s Sons
Washington, DC

Alexis Tadlock
Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home
Benton, AR

Dana Taylor
After Life Mortuary Services
Memphis, TN

Heather Terry
Cooper Funeral Home
Covington, KY

Mary Thompson
Mueller Memorial
Hugo, MN

Megan Thulien
Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home
Laramie, WY

Inez Tillmon
William C Harris Funeral Directors
Chesterfield, MO

Angela Todd
Altmeyer Funeral Home
Portsmouth, VA

Elizabeth Turnbull
Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services
St. Paul, MN

Melissa Unfred
Columbia Funeral Home
Seattle, WA

Shannon Vadnie
University of MN Anatomy Bequest Program
Saint Cloud, MN

Evelester Vargas
Evie Vargas Funeral Services, LLC
Wood Dale, IL

Beth Verhagen
Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Saginaw, MI

Lindsey Vernick
Garfield Refinery
Philadelphia, PA

Marissa Volinsky
Oliverie Funeral Home
Barnegat, NJ

Allison Voorhess
Wm. Sullivan and Son Funeral Directors
St. Clair Shores, MI

Jessica Wakefield
Greenwood Memorial Park & Funeral Home
North Bend, WA

Micheline Walkey
Canadian College of Funeral Service
Sechelt, BC, Canada

Susan Watermann
Knight Funeral Home
Springfield, VT

Crystal Webster
Sharing Solace
Olathe, KS

Laura Whisenant
Hazel Green Funeral Home
Toney, AL

Lori Williamson
Lori Williamson Celebrant
Lakewood, CO

Kasey Wilson
Gunderson Funeral & Cremation Care
Marshall, WI

Sarah Witzell
Old Mission Mortuary
Wichita, KS

Sabrina Young
Jefferson State Community College
Mobile, AL

Sabrina Young
Young’s Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Cen
Temple, TX